French and Francophone Studies at Carroll College

The Program

At Carroll College, we want our students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce as globally engaged and responsible citizens. Our French and Francophone Studies Program teaches students to become critical thinkers and global citizens by learning about the multitude of cultures that make up the Francophone world. French and Francophone Studies students learn to read, write, and think critically about primary source resources pulled from disciplines as varied as history, political science, and literature, and receive extensive training in how to apply these critical thinking skills to oral presentations and to their future careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

• an understanding of the basic knowledge, concepts, and critical theories of the major field;

• the critical thinking skills needed for generating and analyzing both literary and expository texts;

• an ability to read, speak, and write in a second language;

• the writing and speaking skills needed to communicate effectively in the field;

• an understanding of cross-cultural issues

Why French at Carroll?

In French courses at Carroll, students learn how to engage with other cultures, how to communicate in a second language, and how to critically evaluate the world around them from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students learn about the history of differing world cultures, about the current political dynamics in the world, and about the poetics and aesthetics of many different countries and groups. This interdisciplinary approach to language learning allows students to enter the workforce with a broad range of skills and understandings to offer potential employers, whether in local, national or international settings. Students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge through supervised independent undergraduate research, or through study abroad.

The Possibilities

A Carroll French degree is designed to prepare you well for a wide range of employments; the possibilities are endless! Students have gone on to medical school, or Masters and Ph.D. programs in fields as varied as Education, Speech Therapy, International Relations, Museum Studies, and Counseling, and others have found employment at the ACLU, the Peace Corps, and the University of Montana.